Educational Leadership and Higher Education

Janine Dahms-Walker

Professional Credentials/Licensure

  • Minnesota Superintendent
  • Minnesota Secondary Principal
  • Minnesota Elementary Principal
  • Minnesota Director of Special Education
  • Minnesota Elementary Education 1 – 6
  • Minnesota Special Learning Disabilities (SLD) K - 12 Licenses
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals, 21st Century Principal
  • Certified Assessor

 Program Areas

  • Graduate programs in Education Leadership and Administration, Master’s, Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate, Specialist
  • Administrative Licensure for Superintendent, Principal, Director of Special Education, and Community Education Director

Research/Interest Areas

  • Leadership in School Administration
  • Legal and Political Issues for Administrators
  • Inclusive Administration
  • Special Education Finance
  • Program Evaluation and Supervision for Special Programs


I have been in education in urban and rural settings for over 30 years in multiple roles as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, principal of an alternative school for emotionally disturbed students, director of special education, and executive director of an education district.  Elected as president of the Minnesota Administrator of Special Education (MASE) for two years, I have served on multiple board and committee positions within the organization.  As a consultant, I have presented internationally and nationally and work with individual school districts in MN in my research interest areas.  Honored by my colleagues, I was selected as MN Director of the Year for 2002, and Administrator of Excellence by the MN Association of School Administrators.  At SCSU, I have been an associate professor of EDAD for nine years. 

Courses Taught

EDAD 601

Intro to Education Admin.

EDAD 620

Intro to School Law

EDAD 622

Legal Issues for Administrators

EDAD 619

Legal/Financial. Aspect of Special Education Administration

EDAD 657

Education Policy

EDAD 613

Administration of Speciation Education

EDAD 609

Supervision of Spec Education

EDAD 616

SPED Program Dev for Admin.

EDAD 670

Practicum in Education Administration

EDAD 676

Field Exp Director of Special Education

EDAD 674

Field Exp Principal K-12

EDAD 678

Field Exp Superintendent

EDAD 611

Portfolio Review

EDAD 600

Teaching and Learning

EDAD 697

EDAD 697 (cont)

Special Topics in Education Administration:

Seminar: Leadership Strategies

Ethical Leadership

Crisis Prevention Intervention

IEP Facilitator

Independent Study Topics